Part of the Mix

Currently housed on the third floor of Old Main, the move to Alumni Hall will allow the staff of the Lincoln Studies Center a greater opportunity to fully engage with the Knox community.

Their space in Alumni Hall will be larger than their current home in Old Main and will provide more space for research materials and equipment and a better ability to accommodate visitors.

“We are grateful for these improvements,” says Douglas Wilson, co-director of the center. “We look forward to being part of the mix in the newly renovated Alumni Hall.”

Privacy, Productivity, and Proximity

For the Office of Financial Aid, privacy is a key concern. In their current location on the second floor of Center for Fine Arts, their office is separated by cubicles. When they look toward their move to Alumni Hall, privacy for students and their families during visits will be the biggest improvement.

“The presence of walls and doors will help cut down on distractions and noise for the staff,” says Director of Financial Aid Ann Brill. “We are hopeful this will improve productivity.”

The staff is also excited to transition to a more central area of campus. “We’re excited to be part of a new campus hub full of life and constant activity,” says Brill. “Additionally, we will be closer in proximity to the other administrative offices on campus, which will serve our students better.”

Looking Forward to Collaboration

The staff of the Bastian Family Career Center are anxiously awaiting their move to Alumni Hall. Currently located on the edge of campus in Borzello Hall, their new home will integrate the Bastian Center into the hub of campus life.

“[The move] will open more avenues of communication,” says Director Terrie Saline, “which will allow us to collaborate with other departments and offices on campus.”

The staff is excited that Alumni Hall will be the first stop for prospective students and returning alumni, and are looking forward to the walk-in traffic that will soon fill their office. “The central location on campus will increase use of our services by students,” says Saline. “We are really looking forward to the transformation of Alumni Hall.”

New Space Means New Opportunities

In the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study, Interim Director Mariangela Maguire is eager for the move to Alumni Hall. “I look forward to working more closely with the Bastian Center, the Stellyes Center, and the Kleine Center,” she says. “All four programs support Knox students in their efforts to challenge themselves intellectually by taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it through international experiences, internships, community service, and research.”

Though the staff of the Vovis Center enjoys their central location in Old Main, they look forward to the opportunity for even more crossing of paths and sharing of ideas. “Our work overlaps in important ways and the close proximity of our program offices in the new space will allow us to capitalize on those areas of overlap.”

The relocation also means much more space for the Vovis Center, which they plan to use for the Horizons showcase of student work, to host Knox Ford Fellowship Program seminars, and scholarship and fellowship application workshops.

“A new space means opportunities we haven’t even thought of yet,” says Maguire. “We look forward to working with Knox students and the other occupants of the building to be creative and thoughtful in making the most of the renovated Alumni Hall.”

Dick and Joan Whitcomb Heritage Center

A rendering of the display in the Heritage Visitors Center in Alumni Hall.Alumni Hall will welcome a myriad of visitors each year, from prospective students and parents to community members and returning alumni. The Dick and Joan Whitcomb Heritage Center, housed on the third floor and visible to all via the second floor atrium, will introduce these visitors to the remarkable heritage of Knox College and the City of Galesburg thanks to the museum-quality display housed within the center.

Lincoln Studies Center

Knox College is fortunate to have a number of authentic connections to Abraham Lincoln. Rodney Davis and Douglas Wilson, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.As a young man, Lincoln was a member of the Illinois legislature that granted the institution its charter in 1837. Twenty-one years later, the east side of a brand new Main building on the Knox campus was the site of Lincoln’s fifth debate in the famous series with Stephen A. Douglas. And Knox bestowed the first academic honor of any kind to the self-educated Lincoln with the awarding of an honorary doctorate to the presidential candidate in 1860.

Lincoln continues to be a part of Knox College through the Lincoln Studies Center, which is devoted to the study of Lincoln’s life and work. Its principal focus is on producing scholarly editions that make significant primary source material more accessible. In addition, the Center seeks to broaden the understanding of Lincoln and his legacy through a variety of activities, including sponsorship of cooperative research and publication, Internet archives, lectures, conferences, and classroom instruction. Learn more about the Lincoln Studies Center.

Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service

A Knox College student works with students at a Galesburg elementary school.From tutoring school children and repairing homes to preparing meals for those in need, Knox students are looking to the broader world beyond campus and making a positive difference in the Galesburg community. Those efforts are coordinated through the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service. The Center matches the interests of Knox students, clubs, and organizations to the needs of the Galesburg and the Knox County area. The Center also works with academic departments to implement experiential learning components of the academic program, with the goal of making every student a responsible steward of the environment and a responsible citizen. Last year, Knox students volunteered more than 16,500 hours of their time to benefit the community. Learn more about the Mark and Jeannette Kleine Center for Community Service.

Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

Many Knox students travel abroad each year through the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies.No college education is complete unless it helps students understand the world in which they live and the people and issues they are certain to encounter as their lives unfold. And Knox firmly believes in a global education, with approximately 50% of Knox students studying off campus before they graduate. Knox offers 31 off-campus programs located in 18 countries, as well as the United States.

The Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies facilitates a global education by coordinating study abroad and off-campus programs, sponsoring distinguished guest speakers and scholars-in-residence who bring international perspectives to campus, promoting international travel and research, and integrating the experiences of students who have studied abroad into the life of the community. Learn more about the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies.

Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study

A Knox student completes research for her Honors project that will be presented through the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Advanced Study.Independent research, scholarship, and creative work are the hallmark of Knox’s educational program. An estimated 85 percent of Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate, and 53 percent report working on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements, compared to 37 percent reported at peer institutions.

The Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study is the place where research, scholarship, and creative work will be showcased. The Center oversees a wide range of programs that support advanced work in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and creative and performing arts. The Center also coordinates nearly $250,000 awarded annually to Knox students for approximately 350 independent study and research projects. Learn more about the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.

Office of Alumni Relations

Alumni join together for activities across the country through the Office of Alumni Relations.When asked to share their favorite things about Knox, alumni immediately mention the friendships that began in classrooms and dorm rooms that have lasted a lifetime. Alumni Relations is where these relationships will continue to develop and flourish. Each fall at Homecoming, upwards of 1,000 alumni return to campus to attend dinners, receptions, classes, and reunions around campus and the Galesburg community. And when they visit campus, alumni reestablish relationships with faculty and interact with current students, assisting them in their educational and career pursuits.

Alumni Relations also coordinates more than 40 events held across the country and around the world each year, from baseball games and museum tours to pub nights and picnics. And Alumni Relations is where alumni are honored, whether it is for their service to the College or the world beyond. Learn more about the Office of Alumni Relations.